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Science, Health and Technology
4:27 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Nixon urges corps to put Mo. River project on hold

The Missouri River project's goal is to help the pallid sturgeon.
Credit SuperIDR / flickr

Gov. Jay Nixon is urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop work on a Missouri River project designed to help an endangered fish.

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Crime
4:19 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Prosecutor accepts insanity plea in VA hospital murder case

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The man who killed a fellow patient at Columbia’s Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital in February has been found not guilty of murder.

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Arts and Culture
11:25 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Roots n Blues n social media [Storify]

We chose this photo because it kind of looks like the skeleton is texting.
Credit Kris Husted / KBIA

  The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival blew up on social media all weekend. We pulled out some of the more interesting posts and put them together in a Storify for you:

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Arts and Culture
8:39 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Moberly group is fund-raising to reopen Fourth Street Theatre

Moberly organizers are working to revitalize the city's Fourth Street Theatre.
Credit KBIA

For about the past 10 years citizens of Moberly, Mo. have been working on renovating the Fourth Street Theatre. It is being built completely debt free but is still about $200 thousand away from the goal. Theatre owners plan to open it this spring.

Joe Snodgrass grew up in Moberly, Mo. and remembers the Fourth Street Theatre being packed on Friday and Saturday nights. Now, he is a board member helping restore the theater and bringing it back to all its glory.

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Faith/Religion
5:17 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Controversial preacher set to star in reality show

"Brother" Jed Smock once called Columbia home but has sought attention at colleges around the country as well
Credit Auzigog / Flickr

  Longtime traveling preacher Brother Jed Smock announced that he and his family will be the stars of a new reality TV show, “Brother Jed and Company.”

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Agriculture
3:58 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

2 mussels found in Mo. to be federally protected

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Two species of freshwater mussels that live in southwest Missouri will soon be placed under federal protection.

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Business
3:52 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Historic tavern to move out of Boone County

A tavern built around 1830 that was the first stopping point in the frontier days for those going west from Columbia is moving.

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Science, Health and Technology
3:48 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Springfield utility planning big solar project

Credit Lance Cheung for USDA / Flickr

A Springfield utility is planning to partner with two companies to build what would be the largest solar farm in Missouri.

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Arts and Culture
12:55 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Film documenting poverty in rural Missouri crowdsources finishing funds

Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/RichHillUSA

For first-cousin filmmakers Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo, the hardest part about filming Rich Hill, their upcoming documentary on poverty in rural Missouri, was to stop.

“I just wanted to keep visiting them and visiting them,” Tragos said.

“I think we both very much fell in love with all these families,” Palermo added. “In turn, [they] say they love us like family.”

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Business
9:43 am
Mon September 23, 2013

U.S. House vote to cut SNAP funding brings mixed reactions in state

Credit Selbe B / flickr

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, and some Missouri social welfare advocates are concerned about the impact of the cut on rural Missourians. SNAP, formerly food stamps, was already expected to receive a fund cut this November.

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Agriculture
9:11 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Columbia forum highlights conflict between consumers and farmers

Chipotle’s controversial animated “The Scarecrow” video, which casts a dim eye on industrial agriculture, was criticized during a panel discussion at the Food Dialogues event in Columbia, Mo.
Credit Jeremy Bernfeld/Harvest Public Media

The disconnect between consumers wanting to know more about where their food comes from and farmers producing that food is nothing new to Harvest Public Media.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:53 am
Mon September 23, 2013

University Hospital among Mo. hospitals fined for readmission rates

Credit KBIA file photo

Hear Heather Adams' newscast report here:

This year, University of Missouri Hospital was one of many hospitals in the state penalized for not meeting Medicare’s readmission rate goals, which are used to judge the quality of patient care in a hospital. 

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Arts and Culture
8:29 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Roots N Blues Fest wraps three days of music in Stephens Park [slideshow]

Alejandro Escovedo croons to a large crowd.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

The 7th annual Roots N Blues N BBQ festival has wrapped up after three days full of events.

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Politics
9:12 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Committee will spread word on Columbia sewers proposal

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Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid announced the appointment of a citizens committee Thursday. The group’s job will be to inform the community of a proposed tax increase to improve the city sewage system. Third Ward City Councilman Karl Skala says Columbia needs this proposal.

“Our sewer system is just wearing out in some places, in particular on the West side in the fourth Ward there are a lot of common collectors, as they’re known and those have the responsibilities of the home owners to maintain those sewer lines,” Skala says.

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Business
9:03 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Jefferson City Council gets feedback on conference center plans

Residents of Jefferson City continue to voice their concerns with the City Council’s proposal for a new conference center.

The Council held its second public hearing on Thursday, to listen to comments on two existing proposals.

The proposals came from two different local companies, the Farmers Holding Company and the Erdhardt Hotels Group.

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